Olympic hopefuls 奥运之星

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Image caption Everyone's eyes are on the gold medals.

媒體英語會帶大家一起學習 BBC 撰稿人在報道世界大事時常用到的單詞和短語。

無論是組織者還是運動員,都在為倫敦2012做最後一刻的凖備。 對於許多參賽運動員來說,這將是他們運動生涯的頂峰。 有些是第一次參加奧運,而有些已經是有豐富經驗的老將了。請聽BBC記者Alex Capstick發回的報道:

Not everyone has the same profile as Usain Bolt, but there are other Olympic athletes here in London who have gained superstar status, albeit within the confines of their own national boundaries. Take the Ukrainian fencer, Olga Kharlan, who caused a sensation in Beijing by almost single-handedly prising the team gold medal from the Chinese. She was just 18 then, and the former dancer and model is hoping for further success. Another celebrity in his homeland but at the opposite end of the age scale, is 71-year-old Hiroshi Hoketsu. The Japanese dressage rider is poised to become the second oldest Olympian of all time. Still fit and lean he puts his longevity down to an avoidance of oily food. China topped the medals table four years ago and another strong performance is expected. Their star turn could come in the aquatic centre. Sun Yang is considered the finest distance swimmer in the world. Standing at an imposing two metres tall he might even eclipse the serial champion Michael Phelps. Finally to track and field and Caster Semenya who will be making her Olympic debut. The South African wasn't allowed to celebrate her 800 metres world title in 2009 as doubts over her gender emerged. She said that's now all behind her and if she wins a medal in London she will dedicate it to Nelson Mandela who helped her through those tough times.